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And Then There Is The Man... George Strait!
Sacramento, CA - September 20, 2002
George Strait
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After about a 30 minute intermission where the crew cleared off many of the different instruments and speakers, the stage was filled with Chevy guys. Yep, George's tour is put on by Chevy Trucks, so they came on the stage with a big Chevy Banner and they had t-shirts and a guy in a cape they called "Chevy Man." The t-shirts were loaded in these guns that would shoot them into the audience. The various guys would take turns shooting them into the crowd until there was only one left. This one, we found out had attached to it, upgrade seats to the front row. They shot them into the audience after getting everyone screaming real loud. The loudest side would have the shirt shot into it.

After that there was another 5 minutes or so before the house lights went down and a Chevy commercial starring George Strait appeared on the screens at the top of the stage. Then, the Ace In The Hole Band took the stage... then the man himself. The music that played as he came out was "Deep In The Heart Of Texas." He was dressed in a blue checked longsleeve shirt and wearing his traditional pressed jeans and white hat, and a smile. He looked terrific. He waved at all sides of the stage and went to the far left from where I was sitting and plugged in his guitar and started to sing.

He opened the show with "Stars On The Water," then played "I Can Still Make Cheyenne." I started to think maybe George forgot this was in the "round," and he came over to our side of the stage. Next he sang "Write This Down," and "When Did You Stop Loving Me."

Then he moved to the right side and sang "Heartland," (Shades of "Pure Country!") and then "Check Yes or No."

Next side, with his back to me, he sang "Lead On," and "The Fireman."

He continued with two songs a side 'til he got back to my side. Then he introduced his band. He doesn't talk a whole bunch, but boy does he have the hits. One funny thing I remember him saying before he sang "Murder on Music Row" was "AJ isn't here but don't worry, I know his part too." I really enjoyed the evening. I've listed the full set of 27 songs, including a 3 song encore. He sure does give you your money's worth. I didn't have a watch, but I would have to estimate that the show was around 1 hour and 40 minutes or so long. Most shows I've been to lately have been around an hour and 15 to an hour and 20 minutes long, so this was surely a treat.

  • "Deep In The Heart Of Texas" (intro)
  • "Stars On The Water"
  • "I Can Still Make Cheyenne"
  • "When Did You Stop Loving Me"
  • "Heartland"
  • "Check Yes Or No"
  • "Lead On"
  • "The Fireman"
  • "Run"
  • "Murder On Music Row"
  • "The Chair"
  • "Blue Clear Sky"
    Introduce the Ace In The Hole Band
  • "I Only Wanna Dance With You"
  • "My Life's Been Grand"
  • "She'll Leave You With a Smile"
  • "Does Ft. Worth Ever Cross Your Mind"
  • "Meanwhile"
  • "Amarillo By Morning"
  • "If You Can Do Anything Else"
  • "Living and Living Well"
  • "Take Me Back To Tulsa"
  • "Milk Cow Blues"
  • "The Best Day"
  • "Unwound"
    • Encore
    • "The Love Bug"
    • "The Road Less Traveled"
    • "The Cowboy Rides Away"

If you haven't seen George Strait before, go treat yourself to a show. It's well worth every penny to see him and hear him live.


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